Victor Lindelof’s potential move to Manchester United has reportedly hit a small bump in the road following a disagreement between his current and former clubs.
The Sweden international arrived at Benfica from Vasteras back in 2012, and according to A Bola, his boyhood club Vasteras are now demanding payment of a bonus regarding Champions League appearances. The snag will expectedly delay Lindelof’s transfer to Old Trafford.
The highly-rated defender will be presumably handed the #2 shirt when he arrives in Manchester, as his preferred #14 is currently taken by Jesse Lingard.
Lindelof is reportedly awaiting the green signal from his club Benfica, and when he receives that, the 22-year-old will travel to England to complete the medical and go through all the paperwork to become a Manchester United player, signing a five-and-a-half year contract
Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his defence with the highly-rated compatriot of Ibrahimovic when the January transfer window opens for business next week.
United are believed to have finalised all the terms on a £38 million transfer for Lindelof, who is represented by Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.
Centre-back Eric Bailly will be out for the African Cup of Nations on January 3, and could miss up to nine United fixtures. It leads the way for Lindelof to come in and even make his relatively low-key debut against Reading in the FA Cup at Old Trafford.
The Swede is, at the moment, enjoying a winter break with Benfica, who will not be in action until January 8.
The Special One splashed £150 million during his first summer at Old Trafford, but that season’s total could surpass the £190m mark with the £42m acquisition of Lindelof.